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Land use planning in Ryerson Township is governed by a number of By-Laws and policies including the Planning Act, Provincial Policy Statement (2014), Township of Ryerson Official Plan (2012), Zoning By-law (2014), and other legislative requirements.

If you are considering submitting a development application or proposal, please refer to the documents below and contact the Clerk’s Department to learn about the pre-consultation process. Municipal planning staff are available to provide general information regarding land use issues, and assist in processing a variety of development applications.

Beginning January 1, 2020, planning inquiries will be answered on Thursdays only. To help ensure quick turnaround times, please submit as much information as possible in the following form and return by email to the Deputy Clerk.

Comprehensive Zoning By-law

The Zoning By-law is a legal document that applies to all types of properties and regulates how land can be used and the required standards such as lot sizes, building types, setbacks from property lines and other features or provisions. Please note: the Zoning by-law 56-14 Schedules supersede the Official Plan Schedules which were published earlier.  The documents that make up the complete by-law can be viewed below.

Official Plan

Ryerson Township’s Official Plan was approved by the Ontario Municipal Board on June 4, 2012. To view the Official Plan and Documents, click the item of interest. Please note: the Zoning By-law 56-14 schedules above supersede these Official Plan schedules which were published earlier.

Additional Planning By-Laws

Application Forms

Severances and Subdivisions

Applications for consent (severances) and subdivisions are administered by the Southeast Parry Sound District Planning Board.
The Planning Board office will be located at the Town of Kearney Municipal Office (8 Main Street, Kearney, Ontario)
Office Hours: Monday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 310, 8 Main Street, Kearney, ON P0A 1M0
Telephone: 705-636-7069
Consent Application
Cost Acknowledgement Agreement

Building Permits

Applications for building permits are administered by the Joint Building Committee which serves the municipalities of Burk’s Falls, Joly, Machar, Ryerson, South River, Strong and Sundridge. Relevant information and applications are hosted by the Township of Strong.

Planning Updates and Notice

Thompson Pit
On June 20th, 2016 the Ontario Municipal Board issued an order that the hearing is adjourned sine die [indefinitely], and that with 28 days’ notice any party may put forward a motion to re-convene the hearing to make a ruling on the haul route matter. Click here to read the Ontario Municipal Board update.